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news release Akron Art Museum Presents Panel on Collecting Art

For Release: October 10, 2018

Akron Art Museum Presents Panel on Collecting Art

Akron, Ohio—Have you ever wanted to start an art collection for your home, but weren’t sure how to start, or worried that the price tag might be too steep? The Akron Art Museum will host a panel discussion designed for all levels of collecting experience to shed light on how to find original works of art for your home that you’ll love, and that won’t break the bank. The Art of Collecting will be held in the museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and will feature Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph, owner of Hieronymous art gallery and Executive Director of Curated Storefront, Rick Rogers, and senior specialist of post-war and contemporary art at Artnet Auctions, Jason Rulnick. The discussion is free and open to all.

Rudolph said, “There are many ways to break into collecting art, especially if you start out with the artists living and working right in your backyard. There is so much talent in Northeast Ohio, and we are fortunate to have many opportunities to connect with artists and galleries in informal, unintimidating ways.”

The panel discussion is part of an ongoing series of programs by the Akron Art Museum related to the Akron Art Library. A partnership between the museum and the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Akron Art Library is a collection of original artworks ranging from paintings, prints and photographs to mixed media works that have been created by local, regional and international artists and which are available to check out for up to a four-week borrowing period with a Summit County library card.

Art Library program coordinator and panel moderator Jessica Fijalkovich said, “While you can’t buy the art that is in the Akron Art Library, if you fall in love with a particular artist’s work, there is contact information provided with each piece to get you in touch with them or their gallery about purchasing a work. Part of the goal of the art library is to encourage people to create their own home art collections by seeking out work from artists who are working in our region. This panel discussion should give attendees a good foundation for finding and purchasing art that they’ll be excited to display for many years to come.”

The Akron Art Library is organized by the Akron Art Museum and presented in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. It is made possible with the generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, and the Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by members of the philanthropic community.

For more information about The Art of Collecting Panel Discussion and the Akron Art Library, visit the museum at Join the conversation on social media with #AkronArtLibrary and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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